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Press Release Archive (2016)

Lowell General Hospital President Awarded Massachusetts Healthcare Executive of the Year

Normand E. Deschene is honored by the American College of Healthcare Executives

Lowell, MA - Lowell General Hospital President and CEO Normand E. Deschene, FACHE, has been named Massachusetts Healthcare Executive of the Year by the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). The award recognizes healthcare leadership at the local, state and national level, as well as innovation, commitment to community, and contributions to the healthcare industry and the development of the healthcare profession.








From left to right: Richard Jeffcote, Vice President/Chief Financial Officer; Patricia Crane, Special Assistant to the President ; Wayne Pasanen, MD, Vice President/Medical Director; Board of Trustees Chairman John H. Pearson, Jr.; Peter Zarilla, Vice President Human Resources; LGH President Normand E. Deschene; Jody White, Vice President/Chief Operating Officer; Amy Hoey, Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer; and Win Brown, Vice President of Administration.

Deschene, who has served the Greater Merrimack Valley and the Commonwealth as a healthcare leader for over 22 years, was honored in part for his creative management style and his dedication to healthcare and community leadership.

"One of the highest honors an individual can earn is to be recognized by their peers," said Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, President and Chief Executive Officer of the American College of Healthcare Executives. "As a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, Normand E. Deschene, FACHE, has demonstrated his commitment to excellence. His receipt of the "Healthcare Executive of the Year" award for Massachusetts is another indication of his devotion to providing high quality healthcare services for the communities served by Lowell General Hospital."

In presenting the award, ACHE called attention to Deschene's vision for Lowell General Hospital to become one of the best community hospitals in America. They noted that in a time when many community hospitals are struggling financially, Lowell General has continued to demonstrate growing financial stability. Deschene was also recognized for innovative efforts to improve the health status of Greater Lowell through the Greater Lowell Health Alliance.

"It is truly an honor to be recognized in such a significant way by my peers in ACHE," said Deschene. "I feel privileged to have the opportunity to help improve the quality of healthcare in our region. I will continue in my pursuit to provide the highest quality healthcare for the patients of Lowell General Hospital and to champion the cause of healthcare for the people of our community."

Deschenes leadership is also demonstrated through his service on various healthcare and management associations, and through his active role in advocating for the interests of Massachusetts hospitals at the state and national level. He has emerged as the reasoned and respected voice of healthcare in the Merrimack Valley and is valued by legislators and community leaders who consistently look to him for information and guidance.

"This recognition is richly deserved," said Massachusetts Hospital Association President Ron Hollander. "Norm Deschene is a leader in our association. He was a principled voice for health care fairness and access as we developed our stance on the state's landmark health reform legislation. He is a strong advocate for high-quality patient care in everything we do. His daily work is essential to the health and vitality of Greater Lowell, but his insights and ideas have truly benefited everyone in the Commonwealth."

Lowell General Hospital Board of Trustee Chairman John H. Pearson, Jr. and the hospital's executive staff congratulate President and CEO Normand E. Deschene on being honored as Massachusetts Healthcare Executive of the Year by the American College of Healthcare Executives.


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